They were much more than just pranksters. Yes, they loved the jokes and the laughs, and sometimes at other peoples' expense, but they were never cruel, and they never wanted to hurt people just to see them hurt.
Rita Hayworth and Fred Astaire / Rita Hayworth (1918-1987) was a dancer & actress in 61 movies over 37 years; is in the American Film Institute's 100 Greatest Stars of All Time. She was born to Catholic parents - dad from Spain, mom, Irish-British. She died at 68 from Alzheimer's Disease.